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Villanueva connects with kids through rare disease

Originally Published: February 28, 2007
By Anna Katherine Clemmons | Special to ESPN.com

"Where's Charlie?" they ask. "Is Charlie out yet?"

Twenty-five children and their families sit behind the visiting basket at Madison Square Garden waiting to meet their hero -- Milwaukee Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva, who's in town for a game against the Knicks.

Some of the children, like 11-year-old Derek Kahn, met Villanueva last year. They are here in conjunction with the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF).

Derek has alopecia, an autoimmune disease that ...

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